How to sur­vive the step up to high school

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HIGH school dif­fers from pri­mary school in many ways, and stu­dents may feel ner­vous and-or ex­cited be­fore en­ter­ing the next phase of their ed­u­ca­tion. The New South Wales Gov­ern­ment made a cou­ple of videos in­tro­duc­ing kids to some of the sub­jects they may be able to study in­clud­ing the sci­ences, drama and art.

The video also briefly out­lines timeta­bles, pos­si­ble locker set-ups and other things that dif­fer from pri­mary schools. It of­fers some tips for new high school stu­dents in­clud­ing:

Meet new friends – don’t be afraid to meet new peo­ple. Join­ing a school club or group helps you meet other stu­dents who share your in­ter­ests. Im­por­tantly, al­ways be your­self.

Try some­thing new – high school is full of pos­si­bil­i­ties and a broad num­ber of sub­jects are of­ten of­fered in stu­dents’ first year. To be or­gan­ised use a di­ary and have plenty of copies of the timetable.

Home­work – set up a reg­u­lar home­work rou­tine. And ask teach­ers for help with as­sign­ments if you feel you’re strug­gling.

For par­ents, the Queens­land Health web­site rec­om­mends help­ing chil­dren tran­si­tion from pri­mary to high school by:

Ask­ing for a timetable and a map of the school so you can dis­cuss with them how they will get to each les­son.

Have your child meet as many teach­ers as pos­si­ble be­fore the first day. Some schools run a sep­a­rate tran­si­tion day for stu­dents with dis­abil­ity so that this can oc­cur.

Buddy sys­tems are used suc­cess­fully in many schools.

If your child has friends go­ing to the same school, en­cour­age them to go to­gether for the first few days.

The web­site also rec­om­mends en­cour­ag­ing your child to prac­tise writ­ing im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion down in a di­ary and colour-cod­ing their books and text­books (a dif­fer­ent colour for each sub­ject) to make iden­ti­fi­ca­tion easy. They could also have a weekly timetable for home, with a colour cod­ing grid to match their books.

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